Apr 29, 2011

Confession: Recognizing Jesus

One:     Risen Lord Jesus, what is it that keeps us from recognizing you?  

Two:     When we are so full of ourselves,
            it is all too easy to block you right out of our lives.  

One:     Maybe it’s the way we interpret Scripture
            that obscures the signs pointing to you.

Two:     Perhaps we are guilty of being slow of heart
            when we don’t recognise you in our neighbour,
            or in the guise of the poor or the dispossessed.

One:     Our eyes and ears have become so crammed
            with the sights and sounds of  living
            that we simply fail to see you or to recognize your voice.

            Risen Lord Jesus,
            help us to empty ourselves of all that hinders
            our awareness of your presence with us. 
            Fill us with the joy of knowing your continuing presence,
            so that, like those travellers on the road to Emmaus,
            we too, hasten to share this great good news with others.

Assurance of Pardon
(based on I Peter 1:18, 23; John 3:17-18)

We know that we were ransomed from futile ways
....with the precious blood of Christ...
and have been born anew
through the living and enduring word of God.
In this we recognize God’s great love for the world
revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus...
who came into the world not to condemn it
but to save it.
Those who believe in him are not condemned.

Thanks be to God!

— written by Moira Laidlaw, at Liturgies Online
There are more resources for Easter 3 at the site above,
including a Prayer of Thanksgiving at the Table.

For additional worship resources for the third Sunday of Easter on this blog, click on Easter 3 in the list of “Labels” to the lower right.